ISRO Successfully Launches 104 Satellites At One Go
On Feb 15, 2017
|Trivandrum/Sriharikota: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scripted history by successfully launching a record 104 satellites on a single rocket from the spaceport in Sriharikota. This is the highest number of satellites ever launched in a single mission.
It was a significant achievement for ISRO as last time it had launched 23 satellites in one shot in June 2015. This time's launch included India's earth observation satellite as well. A four stage mission, this entire launch lasted 28 minutes.
The space agency's trusted workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37, on its 39th mission, took off in the morning, at , today, from Sriharikota space centre with the 104 satellites, of which 101 belong to international customers. The first to be let off was India's high resolution Cartosat-2 series satellite made especially to monitor activities of India's neighbours.
As the scientists at the Mission Control centre broke into cheers, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A S Kiran Kumar announced,"All 104 satellites successfully placed in orbit. My hearty congratulations to the entire ISRO team for the wonderful job they have done."
|"This is a significant step for India. The first satellite will go in the 17th minute followed soon by two nano satellites by India. Later 96 satellites will be placed in their orbits," said Ajay Lele of ISRO.
The two Indian nano-satellites are ISRO's INS-1A and INS-1B. INS-1A and INS-1B which carry a total of four different payloads from Space Applications Centre (SAC) and Laboratory for Electro Optics Systems (LEOS) of ISRO for conducting various experiments.
PSLV first launched the 714 kg CARTOSAT-2 Series satellite for earth observation, followed by 103 co-passenger satellites, together weighing about 664 kg at lift-off into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit, about 520 km from Earth.